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Old 06-25-2019, 03:27 PM
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Torque Wrench Recommendation

Hey guys,

I'm looking for a new torque wrench recommendation . I've always had a mechanical torque wrench but see that the accuracy and price point on digital torque wrenches is pretty good. Anyone have any thoughts on either? I'm thinking of sticking with the tried and true mechanical mainly because I don't have to worry about keeping the battery fresh and the times I use it have it corroded or dead. What do you think? Thanks

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Old 06-25-2019, 03:38 PM
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Im old school, i believe in the mechanical ones, that i have had for years....several brands from Sears to Proto to Snap On....up to 300 lb-ft...and i get them checked about every 2 years...only have been off by 1/2 lb on one after all those years.....

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I run a Crapsman. But I'm a SM at a Navistar dealer and we have an essential tool that is a wall mount digital torque tester (DTT) that I have to send out to be re-calibrated annually. Point being, find an International dealer as they all have one hanging on the wall somewhere and see if they'll check the calibration for you for free.

Save your money from a digital unit - they work as accurately as a clicker from 30 years ago.
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This may surprise some folks, but the Pittsburg torque wrenches sold by Harbor Freight have tested to be as good as some of the major tool brands like Snap-On, Craftsman, Proto, Matco, Mac.

One of the car mags did a test on a dozen or so models

Ahh, I found one of the tests:
https://www.hotrod.com/articles/ccrp...rench-testing/

The little digital cube used to turn your 1/2 breaker bar into a torque wrench was surprisingly accurate too.

Another internet review, for your reading pleasure
https://reviews.thedailymeal.com/rev...orque-wrenches

Biggest factor with any brand clicker type wrench is ALWAYS return them to ZERO setting before storing them.
It might be overkill, but I set mine back to zero even if I am going to use it again the next day at the very same setting. Takes just a minute to do, and every little bit helps. My Dad has a 53 year old Craftsman 1/2" that still tests perfectly good against other wrenches, he was always careful to zero it and drilled that info into our heads when we were kids starting to get into wrenching.
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Ok thanks I guess I'll stick with old school mechanical like myself. Thanks
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I also agree store the wrench at zero after use. Here is a brand that might surprise some CDI, they produce the snap-on wrench. The one I have is the same Snap-on click 1⁄2-inch, @ half the price, different packaging.

The biggest feature I like and found, torque values are engraved on the sleave and shaft, never to fade away.. The head also has a lock out feature, if someone wanted to back a fastener off or sung before setting it.

Pep

"Ahh, I found one of the tests:
https://www.hotrod.com/articles/ccrp...rench-testing/ "
I found it amusing talked about 3 brand names, every picture of usage was sporting the Sanp-on

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